So when the Waterloo Region Record endorsed the incremental approach of the Liberal Party, I needed to share my story and speak out in a letter to the editor (published Oct. 19, 2019).
Note the version printed was edited presumably for length so they could fit in as many letters as possible before the election. What follows is the original version.
We can responsibly be leaders on climate action
After 40 years actively working on Liberal campaigns, I left the party this year because its approach to the climate emergency lacked boldness and urgency.
The Record’s editorial October 11 endorsing the Liberal climate action plan assumes that we can afford incremental progress promised, yet the International Panel on Climate Change has declared rapid action is required before 2030 to provide hope that our world as we know it can be saved.
While no federal party plans to shut down the fossil fuel industry overnight, we must be more ambitious than the Liberal plan that misses Canada’s 2030 target and settles for aspiring to be net zero by 2050.
We can responsibly be leaders on climate action. For example, the Green Party party plans a 10 year transition to a green economy. That gives the auto industry time to shift to making electric and zero-emission vehicles before internal combustion engines are banned. And extracting tar sand oil is to slowly decline until it is phased out before 2035.
With a Liberal government predicted, we require Green MPs to push the government to take bold action with a sense of urgency. Waterloo Region can contribute to this result by supporting Liberal candidates who face tough fights with Conservatives and voting Green in Kitchener Centre where the Conservatives can’t win.
From being an idea 10 years ago, Mike Morrice led Sustainable Waterloo Region to being the most significant local environmental organization. Together with his team, he convinced businesses to care about climate change, take action to reduce carbon emissions and measure their results. He’s the right person at the right time to send to Ottawa.
Vote for climate action.